The Absolute At Largeby Karel Capek
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"Capek''s skewering of human greed and faith is all the more impressive given that the novel was originally published in 1922."—Pedro Ponce, Review of Contemporary Fiction
"The Absolute at Large goes beyond the religious fervor of Nazism, foreshadowing the collectivization of Communism and the emergence of a free market too wide for any known West."—Village Voice
"A satirical science fiction classic. . . . Though Capek wrote The Absolute at Large more than 80 years ago, it absolutely retains its wit and relevance today."—Donna McCrohan Rosenthal, News Review
Donna McCrohan Rosenthal
"Capek''s dialog is fantastic, his characters richly drawn. But his vision of a world transcendently captivated by an apparent higher calling and then hoodwinked into war for nine years over a source of fuel is so prescient, it makes the novel seem like it was written today."—Cara Hoffman, NPR''s All Things Considered
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Meet the Author
Karel Capek (18901938) was an acclaimed Czech author of novels, plays, essays, political writings, and short stories. His works include R.U.R., the famous play in which Capek coined the word "robot.” Stephen Baxter is the author of several science-fiction works, including the Philip K. Dick Awardwinning Vacuum Diagrams, and the coauthor, along with Arthur C. Clarke, of The Light of Other Days.
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I know this far predates Max Brooks's "World War Z", but this is a similar concept (to the book, not the movie), where god becomes a physical manifestation [The Absolute] and the world falls apart (though it is mostly focused in central Europe). It's an interesting and philosophical book and fairly satirical regarding religion (in a way that's still relevant in the 21st century) and I found it entertaining, though not engrossing. Like World War Z, there's really not much in the way of character development, just a lot of faux-historical situational descriptions, which is why I didn't give it a higher rating. If you like docu-drama, philosophy or theology [provided you are not too serious about any one religion] or atheism and characters aren't too important to you, then you might really enjoy this.